Heidi Simon

Heidi Simon joined Smart Growth America in February 2023 as the Director of Thriving Communities.

Prior to Smart Growth America, Heidi most recently served as a Senior Program Manager of Mobility Safety Strategy at the National Safety Council (NSC), where she managed the Road to Zero Coalition—composed of more than 1,500 stakeholders committed to reducing traffic fatalities to zero by 2050. She also developed new opportunities in communications, programming, and strategy for NSC’s Roadway Practice focused on emerging issues within the field.

Heidi brings over five years of experience working in advocacy, communications and programming related to mobility, with an emphasis in active transportation. She began this work with the pedestrian advocacy organization, America Walks, and has focused her career on addressing mobility independence through the creation of safe, active and accessible places to move and travel.

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Heidi holds degrees from Loyola University-Chicago and George Washington University. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, son, and dog. 

Heidi can be reached at hsimon [at] smartgrowthamerica [dot] org.